ITS Monday: Edition 8, 2022
A small collection of curated content from the worlds of intelligent transport systems, smart mobility, and associated areas. And as it’s the 101st edition of ITS Monday, we’ve changed to a sexy new lead image!
Included this week, new MaaS definition, working from home, active transport vs road building, e-buses and ferries, and road use charging.
And just in case you hadn’t caught it yet, we have a new series of interviews with transport professionals – Effects of COVID on the transport sector – what they see now, what they would like to happen post-pandemic, and what they think will happen. If you’d like to be join this conversation, drop us a line!
This week’s articles
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Mobility as a Service (MaaS) remains a trending term for media platforms and app developers to use. However, David Hensher, Chinh Ho and John Nelson suggest the term should be used more appropriately to describe a fully integrated and sustainable system, rather than just an enhanced travel planning app.READ THE ARTICLE
The second story for this week and as above it emanates from the University of Sydney. This Working Paper draws from “… a survey of 1,165 Sydney (Australia) workers conducted in late 2020, when restrictions from the first COVID-19 wave were easing across Australia, we explore the impact of the pandemic on perceived changes to Working from Home and other travel behaviours. Based on this analysis, we identify three distinct segments of the population with differing physical activity and quality of life outcomes.”READ THE ARTICLE
The text of a speech delivered last week by the former NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes, now Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport. In it he covers “… the benefits to health, air, lifestyle – and freedom – of active transport, instead of our rusted on addiction to cars.”READ THE ARTICLE
Again on the topic of transport and land planning is this article from the UK edition of The Guardian. “Traffic modelling spreadsheets that “almost always tell us that ‘computer says road’” should no longer be used by planners and more money should be spent on building places geared for walking, cycling and public transport, according to a report by the Create Streets campaign.”READ THE ARTICLE
More London? You got it. And it’s news in the never controversial area of road use charging. It is of course already happening in London, but it’s stepping up a notch. “Next year, anyone who wants to drive a more-polluting older vehicle anywhere in Greater London will have to pay a £12.50 daily charge to do it, the equivalent of AUD 21.50.”READ THE ARTICLE
The last three curated stories this week are on the topic of electric vehicles. This first one is on electric buses, an are in which there is a lot of recent activity in Australia. In this instance we see “Energy Australia and ‘clean tech’ bus and transport solutions provider Nexport have ‘joined forces’ to, “… help public and private sector customers accelerate the uptake of zero-emission transport …”.READ THE ARTICLE
Staying in Australia, and again it’s electric bus-related, in Perth last week the first electric bus entered service on the city’s northern suburb’s CAT route today. “”With an eye-catching bright red livery, it will be hard to miss this new electric bus running passengers across Joondalup,” said Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.READ THE ARTICLE
Finally this week, staying electric we move across the ditch to New Zealand. Wellington’s electric passenger ferry has made its first public sailing across Te Whanganui-a-Tara.READ THE ARTICLE